Philip Orr Elected President of the IRFU
At the Annual Council Meeting of the Irish Rugby Football Union today (14th July) Philip Orr was elected President for the forthcoming season. This is a great honour not just for Philip but for Old Wesley as he follows in the footsteps of Billy Hinton, George Hamlet and Henry Anderson in becoming the fourth Old Wesley member to gain the honour.
Philip joined Old Wesley in the early 1970s from Dublin University. He won his first International Cap against France in 1976 and went on to earn 58 caps culminating in the inaugural World Cup in 1987. He played on the Irish team that won the Triple Crown in 1982 and 1985. He toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 1977 and South Africa in 1980. He was a regular first choice player for Old Wesley and amongst many achievements captained the club to win the Leinster Senior Cup in 1985. He was President of Old Wesley in Centenary Year 1991-92.
Philip was elected the Old Wesley representative on the Leinster Branch in 2000 and was elected to the IRFU committee in 2009.
We wish Philip well for his year in office. We hope he has many highlights including, hopefully, the announcement to award the 2023 World Cup to Ireland which is due in November this year.
Photos above from left: Philip in his Ireland jersey; with the Leinster Senior Cup in 1985; as President of the IRFU.
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Old Wesley will be holding a special Dinner on Friday 15th September to celebrate Philip’s election. Further details to follow.